This week we bring you news from ASTA regarding the CDC's travel guidelines, news about possible fines for violating mask mandates, our weekly top 5 airline updates and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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ASTA Calls for CDC to Exempt Vaccinated Travelers

     In a recent letter to the U.S. CDC Director, ASTA President, Zane Kerby, called for the CDC to develop “clear and easily understood guidance,” for travel during the Pandemic.  The letter outlined three major goals they feel the agency should implement to safely reopen the travel industry.  

The first called for the agency to publish a framework to determine phases of safe reopening of travel to allow travel advisors, suppliers and consumers to make informed decisions regarding travel arrangements.  

The second was for the CDC to allow vaccinated travelers to be exempt from travel restrictions including testing.  ASTA’s argument is that individuals that are vaccinated receive vaccination cards that should be allowed to be used by travel advisors to exempt travelers from restrictions.

The final urged the CDC to incorporate vaccination passports, including IATA’s Travel Pass.  

“Those who are vaccinated or have sufficient levels of antibodies to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 should be permitted to resume normal travel activities.”
                  – Zane Kerby, ASTA President

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Big Fines for Violating Face Mask Rules

     Following President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, the Transportation Security Administration has begun to implement the face mask requirement outlined in the order as of February 2nd.  TSA says they will “fully comply” with the order and will require all passengers over the age of two years and all crew traveling through the airport to wear a face mask at all times.  The agency will recommend a fine of $250 for a first violation of the mandate and up to $1,500 for second offenses. 
 

Coronavirus-Fighting Robot Gets a Name

     The Key West International Airport recently held a contest to name their nearly six-foot-tall, autonomous, coronavirus-fighting airport.  The aptly named “R2Key2” robot, which debuted in December, was the first to show up at a U.S. Airport.  “R2Key2,” emits a high-intensity UV-C wavelength light to remove 99.9% of harmful airborne surface pathogens including the novel coronavirus.  The robot has the ability to disinfect the entire interior space of the airport in two and half hours.

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Airline Updates

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New DOT Forms Required for Travel with Service Animals 

Following the DOT’s final ruling on travel with service animals, travelers must now complete a DOT form for traveling by air with their service animal.  Depending on the airline, the form may need to be submitted to the airline at least 48 hours prior to departure. Two forms may be required, depending on the duration of the flight.  See below for the relevant forms.
 
     Also, be sure to check with your National Travel Travel Advisor on the specific policies for your airline before your next trip!
Service Animal Air Transportation Form
Service Animal Relief Attestation Form
 

Delta to Continue to Block Center Seats

 

The Atlanta-based airline giant will continue to be the only major U.S. Airline to continue blocking center seats, at least through April 2021.

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The Future of Air Travel is Vertical

 

United Airlines has joined investors in a new start-up that is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircrafts. 

 

 

American Airlines Will Allow for Face Mask Exemptions

 

The airline will allow travelers with doctor’s notes and negative Covid tests to remove masks while onboard.  

 

 
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SComplete Guide to Airline Change/Cancellation Policies

A year of pandemic-related travel changes and cancellations has left a lot of travelers unsure of airline policies on rebooking or refunding.

 

Need to find a testing center before your next trip?

National Travel is closely monitoring the ever-changing testing requirements and restrictions for destinations all over the world.  We are pleased to assist our clients in finding their closest testing site and staying up to date on the latest travel requirements for their next trip.  Currently, testing is only required for international travel, but for our travelers’ safety and convenience, we are able to provide information on the closest testing facilities for a number of different tests, including Rapid Molecular, PCR, and Antigen testing.

Your safety and peace of mind while traveling is so important to us.  National Travel will continue to empower our clients with information and resources to help you feel as safe as possible when you travel with us.
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